The US Coast Guard immobilized eight illegal charter boats operating on Lake Tahoe during the first week of August.
During a four-day operation, Coast Guard investigators performed more than 40 boat inspections and boarded more than 60 boats to verify passenger safety, captain’s licenses and test programs blood alcohol level.
As a result, six trips were interrupted and eight boats were ordered to cease operations for at least one of the following offenses: not having a valid inspection certificate, not having a person with an appropriate license, does not have a drug and alcohol program, and does not operate as a valid bareboat charter.
“Illegal charters pose a serious risk to their passengers and to other boat operators on the water,” said Captain Jordan Baldueza, deputy commander of the coast guard sector in San Francisco. âOften, ships are overloaded with passengers, lack the appropriate safety equipment or may be operated by people unaware of the dangers inherent in the maritime environment. We urge anyone who suspects a vessel of having broken the law to report the alleged violation to the Coast Guard. San Francisco sector. ”
Owners and operators of illegal charter boats can face civil penalties of up to $ 80,000 for illegal passenger charter operations, according to the Coast Guard.
To report a suspected illegal charter operation, contact the San Francisco Coast Guard Area Command Center at (415) 399-7300 or [email protected].